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Human, Social, and Political Sciences (HSPS) at Cambridge offers a unique range of related disciplines, which can be studied in many combinations, or with a concentration on a single discipline: you can work on Politics and International Relations, Social Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Archaeology and / or Sociology. Many (or all) of these subjects will be new to you, so how do you know what's involved?
Sociology is the study of modern societies and how they are changing today. Ever wonder why nationalism is such a powerful force in the modern world? Why there are protests, riots, and uprisings? Why Europe is in crisis? Why politicians are not trusted? Why Africa is so poor? Why racism persists? Why same-sex marriage causes such controversy? How globalization is changing our lives? Whether societies could ever be more just? Then Sociology is the subject for you.
- Read about Sociology at Cambridge
- Browse the British Sociological Association's What is Sociology?
- Do some introductory reading:
- Read one or more of the books nominated for the new BSA / BBC Ethnography Award, for a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography: the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of a culture or sub-culture. The nominees were introduced and reviewed on this week's Thinking Allowed
- Try dipping into the books awarded or shortlisted for the BSA's Philip Abrams Memorial Prize, for a first book in Sociology
- Take a look at the suggested reading for prospective students on the HSPS course website and the King's website
- Check out the Sociology reading recommended by our Director of Studies to our HSPS offer holders